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Enermax and GeIL Deserve Computex Shout-outs: PSU and M.2 SSD Announcements

Companies that absolutely do not deserve to float under the radar seem to float under the radar sometimes. It could just be a matter of me following the wrong things. Regardless, I wanted to point out some really cool announcements that Enermax and GeIL had during the Computex event. Enermax rolled out some seriously excellent looking PSUs and GeIL had a mention of a new M.2 SSD that I absolutely want to know more about. Enermax looks to be heavily expanding their PSU lineup, but I wanted to highlight the MaxTytan series here. These guys are rated at an 80 Plus Titanium efficiency which is pretty insane. They also have the Dust Free Rotation technology that reverses the fan for a brief period to help keep it clean. There’s quite a few features, but the one that really stood out was the real time, built-in wattage meter that tells you how much power you’re consuming. Whether you’re trying to monitor usage for your bills, or as a reviewer, it sound like a pretty handy feature. I’m assuming GeIL had the pictures of their new Shuttle series taken at Computex, but what’s interesting is the fact that they’re including a pretty hefty aluminum heatsink on the chips of their new M.2 NVMe SSD. The GeIL Shuttle speeds aren’t the fastest, but are certainly fast enough to make a huge improvement over traditional SATA SSDs. There’s more details in articles linked below, but I’m always excited to see what Enermax and GeIL have in sto...



Cooler Master Blew Our Minds with a New HAF MasterCase H500P

I would’ve done just about anything to make it to Cooler Master’s booth at Computex this year. They had a huge amount of products that I would’ve died to see in person and I’m almost dying now just seeing the tweets time and again with their products. There was some nice updates to their peripheral line up and they had some crazy “cool” looking coolers, but it was two particular cases that stood out so much, I had to squeeze in the time to get a post up. Cooler Master managed to release a 25th anniversary edition of the Cosmos, but they also showed off the Cosmos C700P at Computex. The case maintains its distinguishing handles, but gets some nifty upgrades in terms of RGB lighting and tempered glass paneling. As usual, this is a case designed for those who want maximum amount of space to store tons of components in. The Cosmos looks great, but the MasterCase H500P is bound to be my next case for my main rig at home. The RGB lighting looks excellent on the two front 200mm fans and I’ve leaned that the airflow from two large intake fans makes a huge difference on the temperatures of my Crossfire setup. I can’t get over how perfect the rugged look of the frame is and when you combine the tempered glass side panel with the design to show off a crystal clear view into the build… yeah, I’m completely in love with that case! All in all, I’m saying that Cooler Master absolutely killed it at Computex with what they b...



AMD Updates their Driver with 17.6.1 and the iMac with 500 Series Graphics

We have a couple of updates from AMD that seemed like a good idea to post. For starters, AMD released yet another driver update with improvements and fixes, living up to the promises of more releases. I’ve been really happy with the driver game over the last year or two. The other thing that might effect some of you is that Apple now has Radeon Pro 500 Series Graphics in the updated iMac to help with content creators. Check out the press releases below for full details! Radeon Pro 500 Series for iMac: Powerful Performance for Breathtaking 5K Computing — Brisk creative applications, smooth and responsive high-end gaming, and exquisite VR experiences all made possible by Radeon Pro 500 series graphics, available in Apple’s updated iMac— SUNNYVALE, Calif. — June 05, 2017 — Today AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) unveiled the high-performance, power-efficient Radeon™ Pro 500 series graphics, fueling beyond-UHD creativity in All-In-One computing. Available in the updated 21.5- and 27-inch iMac, Radeon Pro 500 series graphics enable extraordinary computing experiences, including stunning gaming, immersive VR on select models*, and fluid content creation with exceptional performance and support for GPU acceleration across a range of creative applications on the Mac platform, such as Adobe Premiere® Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop® and the Foundry Nuke, Mari and Modo. Moreover, Radeon Pro 500 series provides accelerated performance for the Radeon™ ProRender photorealistic ...



They’re Here! They’re Here! They’re Finally Here!!! Samsung Launches HDR Monitors with FreeSync 2

I’ve been praising the wonderful beauty of HDR panels for over a year now and finally, at long last, I have the first glimpse of an official release of an HDR monitor that also feels attainable. I get the fact that there may be some HDR monitors that have released that I don’t know about yet, but from what I can tell there are only high end 4k versions out or they’ve been announced, but haven’t quite launched yet. Well this morning, I received an email not only talking about the launch of FreeSync 2 displays, but also saw that Samsung was including HDR in that mix with a brilliant range of options for the budget. For starters, we of course have an enthusiast model that comes with an ultra-wide 49 inch display in the CHG90. Think of it as a double 1080p screen that would be about the equivalent of two 27″ displays. For FPS titles, I can imagine the peripheral vision on this screen would be excellent, especially since it includes an 1800R curve to further help see the screen corners. The actual resolution is 3840 x 1080 and it sports a standard 144 Hz adaptive sync refresh rate. The other two displays only differ by having a standard 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1440p resolution. Naturally, I’m already super excited about the HDR support and FreeSync 2 is just even more of a huge bonus, but it’s the price of the 27 inch CHG70 that really surprised me. At $599 for launch, I actually see HDR displays as being much more affordable than I ori...



Asus Strix Brings FreeSync Gaming Monitors into the ROG Family

I haven’t covered a ton of releases from Asus and there’s a couple of reasons for that. For starters, I don’t get PRs from them which always makes it a bit more difficult. On top of that, much of their products revolve around GPUs and motherboards, which have a plethora of releases from numerous companies making it hard to keep up. So while Asus does have plenty of great things worthy of notoriety, the news of new Strix monitors was impossible for me to pass up based on some features I’m seeing. First and foremost is the fact that these guys have brilliant RGB lighting on the back of the panel. We’re one step closer to that RGB lighted printer I need to have to complete my room. I love this feature simply for the looks, but if the glow is strong enough from the back, it can also help with eye fatigue by setting it to a hue that matches the screens. One of the models has a 240 Hz refresh rate and while I can’t buy into the hype just yet, I’d love to see that range for myself to see if it’s noticeably smoother than 144 Hz. Even then, the real reason I wanted to post this is the Strix XG27V. Sure, this isn’t the flashiest, but I think Asus hit the nail right on the head by giving the perfect balance of features. The resolution is cut down to normal 1080p, the refresh range has a 144 Hz peak and the screen has a 1800R curve with 27 inches of real estate. I think this gives gamers the perfect balance of the best features ...



I Think NZXT is Building PCs for Consumers Now, Introducing BLD

I’m not exactly sure what the black magic is behind this, but the end result is that it seems NZXT is providing pre-built systems to consumers now. I ran through the process and I have to say that I don’t know if you can make the concept of building a PC easier for a gamer. On the other hand, I felt like some recommendations were a tad light on the GPU end and I didn’t notice Ryzen in the list of components yet. What can I say though, is that I’ve built my own PCs for so long that I can’t help but be biased, yet I can come just short of guaranteeing that what NZXT will offer will be immensely better than buying a Dell. Check out the rest of the press release for the details and a link to BLD. Introducing BLD from NZXT A recommendation engine that delivers the PC tailored for the games you play EMBARGOED UNTIL JUNE 6th, 2017 @ 7:00AM PST Los Angeles, CA – June 6th, 2017 –NZXT today launches BLD, the easiest way to get into PC gaming and play the games you want to play enjoying guaranteed gaming performance.BLD (pronounced “Build”) allows users who don’t have the time necessary to build a gaming-ready DIY PC. By leveraging over 10 million and counting analyzed gaming hours, BLD’s unique recommendation engine accurately predicts a system’s gaming performance so you can spend less time researching, troubleshooting and setting up. Start by choosing the games you want to play, at the performance settings you desire, then set a budg...



Gigabyte Kills it at Computex 2017

I’ve become a huge fan of Gigabyte in recent months. Not only did their Z270 platform stand out in performance, but the Aorus branding and lighting design is fantastic and I had a great experience using them for my Ryzen reviews. (More testing in the works as you read this) At the very least, it comes as no surprise that Gigabyte has come away with some awards and records since Computex. Not only did they come away with a Best Choice Award, but the Aorus X299 set a few world records in overclocking performance. The Aorus Z270X-Gaming 9 ended up winning the Computex 2017 Best Choice Gold Award and while I can’t say whether the award is hard to earn or not, I can say the Gaming 9 is certainly deserving of recognition if the Gaming 7 has anything to say about it. What really caught my eye was the fact that their new Aorus X299 board reached a 7.5 GHz overclock on the upcoming i7-7740K chip. The team was able to set 4 related records in the process. Check out the press releases below for the full details and don’t forget to keep Gigabyte in mind the next time you’re looking for a solid motherboard for your system. Computex Award AORUS Z270X-Gaming 9’s Functionality and Innovation Stands Out Among Competitors City of Industry, California, May 24, 2017 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is excited to announce that its AORUS Z270X-Gaming 9 motherboard has won the prestigious Computex 2017 Best Ch...



Corsair Takes their Lighting Control to the Next Level, Reveals Awesome Concept Cases, and Launches Water Resistant Keyboard

Corsair got busy the last couple of weeks with things that are bound to make a few of us drool. Of course, with Computex having finished, it was bound to be a busy press week so of course I’d have several releases to catch up on. I already saw the tweets for the new RGB lighting control and I have to say that I love what I’ve seen. On top of that though, we have some new case concepts, as well as the launch of a water resistant K68 keyboard. The LED control on Corsair’s RGB products looks fantastic. Of course, photos tend to do that, but it seems like we’re getting the option of individual LED control which is a great addition to products like the Crystal series cases. The concepts that were showcased at CES look like they were pretty fun to design, even if they don’t end up as consumer level products. Forget water cooling builds, you can fit small children (or reviewers) inside the design of the one case. On top of that, Corsair released a water resistant keyboard while managing to still give us mechanical switches and LED backlighting. While I’m not prone to spill stuff on my keyboard, I did have a cat puke on one which effectively ruined it as well, so water resistant can be extremely useful to have. There’s a few shots of the products so you have a rough idea of what happened, but for full details simply follow the links below. Needless to say, I’m extremely excited about that beautiful RGB awsomeness being showcased in ...



Is Nvidia Faking HDR? I don’t think it’s that Simple

News stories are popping up about Nvidia deliberately worsening an SDR monitor that was being compared to an HDR one to make the new technology stand out better. Has Nvidia really stooped to faking a showcase just to push new technology on consumers? If that’s the case, then maybe HDR isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be and we can pull out our torches, our pitchforks and begin hunting down team green for trying to mislead us. On the other hand, I really think there’s way more going on than what meets the eye and even though wild speculation will ensue, I have solid experience leading me to believe that Nvidia was genuinely trying to give a realistic representation, even if their methods were questionable. Let’s start out with how this Computex display from Nvidia was found out in the first place. Hardware Canucks was granted access to the monitor settings and upon restoring factory settings on the SDR monitor, it looked much better than before, even looking better than the HDR display. One thing that makes total sense is that a reviewer would look at the SDR monitor and pick up on something being wrong right away. After restoring better settings, the SDR panel looked significantly better than HDR and it could easily be concluded that the new technology is being over-hyped. Hardware Canucks released a video and the story began spreading across the tech sites. That said, they do plan to have a follow up on the subject when they review an LG H...



Phanteks Announces the new Glacier C350a CPU Water block for AMD Platforms

This is what I love about the component industry. You can never see it all and something will always surprise you. For instance, I knew Phanteks had gorgeous cases, but I was surprised to find out about their stunning CPU blocks as well. While they are fairly new, the Intel ones have been out for a few months now. Hey, at least I know about them now. Since the press release has all the details and beautiful images, check that out below. http://www.phanteks.com/PH-C350a.html (Click the image for larger sizes)



Ewin Expands the Gaming Chair Market Even Further

Gaming Chairs have been around for quite a while now, but it seems that recently a whole crop of new companies have sprung up offering more options than ever before. If you’re the kind of person that spends a decent amount of time at a computer desk, you should certainly look at a good gaming chair. They look cool, are typically more comfortable, and emphasize ergonomics as well. However, if you’re looking for options in a budget, Ewin is a relatively new company that seems to have a solid variety to choose from. There isn’t much I can say about them yet without having ever sat in one of their products, but Ewin does have a video describing the differences between them and off-brand chairs. The tear down is a pretty good indication that the chairs are very comfortable and well made. That said, take it with a grain of salt since this is a news post and not an official review. On top of that, their prices seem to start at $250, ranging up to the higher $300 mark. Those are extremely competitive with the market as well as fitting in well with varying levels of consumer budgets. Check the link below to see more of their products and stay posted at PureOC since we plan to have more on them soon! http://www.ewinracing.com/ http://www.ewinracing.com/content/8-ewinracing-vs-other-brands



Deepcool Launches Gammaxx GT RGB Air Cooler and Earlkase RGB PC Case at Computex

Oh Deepcool, I love you! Not only did I get the chance to build in the Genome II recently and find out how great of an experience it was, but you send your press releases in Word documents. You know how to make a freelance journalist’s life so much easier in so many ways. Oh! Deepcool has an awesome RGB air cooler and case coming out. I’m surprised that RGB air coolers are so few and far between, but 2017 seems to be the year to bring more options to the market. With the Gammaxx GT, not only do we have the obvious option of an RGB fan, but Deepcool integrated the customizable lighting into the top cover as well. Following the cooler, Deepcool is adding the Earlkase RGB case to their lineup as well. It’s interesting that there doesn’t seem to be any included fans with the chassis, but the case is strongly catering to liquid cooling enthusiasts who are unlikely to keep stock fans in their rig anyways. What would normally seem like a cop-out ends being a strong value proposition since the MSRP is only $79.99. Considering the size and features, I feel like it’s a pretty good deal. Check out the full press releases below so you can see some images, find out more details, and determine if one of these designs needs to end up in your future building plans. While I’m pretty excited about what I see here, I’m still waiting for that official launch of the amazing Quadstellar case I saw at CES. Nobody can convince me of a good reason why one ...



Swiftech Releases Bridges, 1080 Ti Blocks, and Apogee Drive II AM4

Man! I take one week to finish some house work and the press releases explode!!! It’s alright though because we’re catching up on them and Swiftech is next in line. As always, they have a couple of releases that correlate to new hardware releases, but the SLI/Crossfire bridges are extremely impressive. These are bridges to connect multiple Komodo waterblocks and the LE edition has RGB lighting that can be controlled to match other components. Of course the other major release is the Komodo blocks with compatibility to the latest GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, which I’m sure will be an awesome combination for pushing GPU clocks to the max. Finally, Swiftech also announced AM4 compatibility with their Apogee Drive II integrated pump and waterblock. Check out the PRs below for the full details and links to their site. PICO RIVERA, CA – May 15, 2017 – Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech® (OTC Pink Current: RCHN), the leading force in driving the high-end thermal management scene in personal computers today announced the release of their new Universal Bridges. Following the Komodo product lines, these bridges are available in two sizes: Luxury Edition (LE) and ECO Edition. The LE Edition distinguishes itself from the ECO version by an integrated RGB ALED lighting system compatible with the Swiftech Iris-Eco light controller. Swiftech Universal Bridge Dual LE in red, blue, and green The 1.6” (40mm) PCI spacing is currently available, and the 2.4” PC...



Ballistix Announces Tactical Tracer DDR4 RGB Gaming Memory Modules

More companies are joining the foray for RAM supremacy and Ballistix is the latest to introduce integrated RGB lighting. The interesting part is that the light bar is removable and you can 3D print your own custom designs to swap in place. Even then, the black PCB and grey heatspreaders look excellent on their own, without the lighting. Check out the rest of the press release below for more info and I wouldn’t be surprised if many builders have these kits on their wish list once they release. Ballistix Announces Tactical Tracer DDR4 RGB Gaming Memory Modules PC modders and gamers can improve gameplay and performance while lighting up their rigs in style Key Messages: User-controllable RGB LEDs allow for the ultimate customization and color matching options for your unique rig Get faster speeds and more aggressive game play with speeds starting at 2666 MT/s Monitor temperatures and take command of RGB with the Ballistix® M.O.D. Utility Removable top bar and available design files allow users to customize and 3D print unique options Boise, ID — May 30, 2017 – Ballistix, a leading global brand of gaming memory, today announced the availability of Ballistix® Tactical Tracer DDR4 RGB memory. The new Tactical Tracer modules allow PC modders and gamers to light up their systems with RGB brilliance with the ability take control of their memory and color scheme while providing the increased performance and stability they expect from Ballistix memory. With sp...






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